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Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Rogue Ales

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3,051 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,051
Reviews: 1,549
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.84%
Wants: 223
Gots: 255 | FT: 6
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Cyberkedi on 01-30-2001

9 Ingredients:
Malts: Northwest Harrington & Klages, Crystal 135-165 & Beeston Chocolate, Rolled Oats & Roasted Barley.
Hops: Cascade.
Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

69 IBU
77 AA
135º Lovibond
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Photo of skillerified
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid black beer. No light comes through at all. Excellent chocolate-tan colored head with lots of very sticky lacing. This is what stout is supposed to look like.

Chocolate and black licorice are the first two scents that greet the nose. Then there's a dry dark fruit scent. Maybe a just a hint of alcohol spice too.

Big dark malt flavor comes first. A hint of roasted coffee. I keep expecting it to develop further from there, but it seems like it sticking to those two notes. It's good, but I was hoping for more.

A soft and fairly light feel on the tongue. Starts a little sweet, but gets slick and bitter further down the glass. The balance is good but not exceptional.

A very good stout. A gorgeous beer too. As I said, this is what a stout is supposed to look like. It just seems too simple to me. It could use more complexity and deeper flavor.

Photo of Redrover
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650 ML brown bottle with same great information printed on it. No freshness dating though.

The beer pours black with brown highlights. A nice tan head and almost no lacing.

The nose is of roasted malts, a bit of plums, brown sugar and a wisp of smoke.

The taste is of roasted, almost burnt malts. There is a bit of raisin taste with hint of bakers chocolate. The beer is pleasantly bitter, but I would have never guessed the 69 IBUS per the label. The beer tries to sweeten a bit but the hops pull it back,

The mouth is thick with a bit of an oily quality (and that’s good!). Very easy drinker, would go great with deserts! A worthy tribute to Bard!

Photo of falloutsnow
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bitter night, filled with the frustrations from an unproductive, wasted day. The Shakespeare Stout had been in the beer fridge for a few months now, and I decided that at the very least the evening's beer should be satisfying. Opened the bottle with a corkscrew handle and reverently gazed at the ghostly thin vapor slowly oozing out of the bottle's top: this is, I think, the most enjoyable aspect of drinking bottled beer.

A: A moderate pour into a pint glass produces a 2cm head the shade of burnt tan. The beer's thickness seems present even in the pour, the consistency appears . Admiring the dark brown body that is impenetrable to light, I note the slowly decreasing head, which takes a few minutes to fully recede and leaves excellent light-brown lacing along the sides of the glass.
S: Swirling the glass and bringing it to my nose, I note a rich aroma of toasted malt; cold, old coffee grounds; wood smoke; hops; and alcohol. The hops are an interesting presence, for I've had the stout before and do not recall them from previous experiences.
T: Sipping the beer opens a wide mental picture of ingredients and influences. The pine-like hops are present while the beer is cold, but fade into mist as it warms. Bold uses of roasted malt and coffee upfront, with molasses endnotes that decline into a slightly bitter chocolate aftertaste. No detectable influence of the oats that are mentioned, so I assume they were overpowered by the other ingredients; this is not, after all, an oatmeal stout.
M: Getting a feel for this beer yields its only disappointing aspect: a certain thinness, for a stout, and a carbonation that seems to fade preternaturally fast. Medium body near the border of medium-thin, the moderate carbonation helps keep the beer a welcome presence, but I find that it goes down too fast, too liquid.
D: Quite drinkable and expertly crafted in nearly all areas. The stout provided a bit of warmth and hope to a night that was otherwise devoid of it. A fuller body would have been enjoyed, but perhaps this was merely an outcome derived from my keeping the beer in the fridge for too long.

Photo of phisig137
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle, poured into a pint glass. Thick black color, lets no light through. A fluffy cafe au lait head emerges and disapates rather quickly, with no lacing, but a small ring around the top.

Aroma shows roasted barley, burnt espresso, and a hint of chocolate. Flavor is very similar, VERY roasty, tones of dark roasted coffee, even a slight hint of smoke.

Mouthfeel for me is kinda bad. Feels way over carbonated for the style, and feels a bit astringent.

Photo of johnniemarg
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours black with a nice big inch and a half brown head. Head slowly falls leaving a ton of lacing that covers most of the glass.

Aroma is an interest mix of hops, dark roasted malt and little bit of chocolate.

Flavor is hops and dark roasted malt. Some molasses flavor, but without being sweet (maybe vanilla extract?). This is a dry and bitter stout.

Medium bodied, highly carbonated and prickly from the hops.

I picked up a bottle of this because a bartender at my favorite bar that has this on tap right now told me everyone loved it and that he thought it was awesome too. I told him I wasn't impressed by it when I tried it once a year or so ago out of the bottle and didn't try it at the bar. I'm a little put off by the amount of carbonation and I prefer the sweeter stouts. I need to try this on draft at the bar now and see if there's any difference or if I just have different tastes than my bartender friend and all the other folks that think so highly of this stout. If the draft is different, I'll post another review.

Photo of acrawf6
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a deep black, no light comes through. Dark tand head rests on top for quite a while.

Smell. an instant hoppiness, but under that is a sweet dark chocolate aroma. is sweet and bitter.

Taste. is roasty and chocolatey. i bit hoppy for the style. is nice. has that rogue "kick" i always taste in pretty much all their beers. roasted malts are all over this. they have a small taste of coffee, but not really much- and i wish there was more. aftertaste is also i touch of roasted malts and is bitter.

Mouthfeel is nice. Great balance. good carbonation. lots of hop presence.

Overall a great beer, but i just dont see it as being so high on the top 100 beers. But a truly an excellent beer!

Photo of dreadnatty08
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a half inch of filthy head. Aroma is difficult to write about as it's incredibly intense and complex. Dark roasted malts come through, followed by molasses and some chocolate in the finish. Flavor is bursting with chocolate goodness. Slight bitter hop hint at the end. Finishes rather dry, as dry as an American stout can. This would be perfect served with a chocolate dessert, or simply sipped and enjoyed by itself. The oats do give it incredible smoothness. Still not incredibly heavy, mouthfeel is seemingly middle ground. But, wow, what a bomber for oneself!

Photo of harpo111
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another good one from Rogue Ales. Nice dark color and head. Hint of chocolate and coffee. Slightly bitter taste and finish with a oaty flavor. Very good mouthfeel, not too heavily carbonated. Very balanced. Was having with a meal and went very well with what was servered...not too sweet, not to dry.

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Utterly black in color, with a small, persistent tan head, and excellent glass-coating lace.

Aroma: Restrained chocolate, pine tar hops, and coffee dominate the aroma, with hints of earth, smoke, and graham cracker as well.

Taste: Opens with a dark earthy roasted malt note, and coffee. Midway through the taste, there is a slight bitter chocolate note. Finishes quite dry with a lingering old coffee note, burnt malt flavors, and mild pine hop presence.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, with a faint hint of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Pleasant and very drinkable, a very nice example.

Presentaion: Packaged in an enameled twenty-two ounce bomber with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Photo of BillyB
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle pours a deep dark maroon to burnt reddish-brown color. Thick brown head leaves nice lacing.

Smells of coffee, chocolate, caramel, hazelnut.

Taste is quite bitter for a stout. Still oily, full bodied mouthfeel but a drier, hoppier mouthfeel and taste than I expected.

Pretty drinkable and balanced but has a bitterness and citrusy hop zest that most stouts don't have. Nice.

Photo of tattooedtolley
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black with a small brown head. Little lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt with caramel and chocolate. Maybe a hint of hops in here some where.

Taste: Predominately roasted malt at first and a coffee taste with hints of chocolate on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Is creamy, to me this is how a stout should feel.

Drinkability: As a stout fan, I could have a few of these with no problems.

I have grown to love the offerings from Rogue, every one of their offerings I have had have been excellent examples of the styles and have been great tasting. This one is among my favorites.

Photo of bahumutx
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 650ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours almost black with a small brown head.

Smell: Caramel, roasted malt, slight chocolate, and some citrus hop notes

Taste: Starts off with a roasted malt moves to a citrus hop flavor and then ends with coffee. There are also hints of caramel and chocolate throughout.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy Mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I could have a couple of these in a sitting.

Another great beer from Rouge. Good example of the style. Great to have on a cold winters day.

Photo of ghostwalker
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown/black body with a tight finger of dark tan head. Thick, foamy lace left behind.

Nose is rich and roasty, but also hoppy.

Flavor is an intense blend of bitter coffee/roasty goodness and really hoppy finish. Kind of reminds me of Yeti, but better and more drinkable. An excellent balance.

Mouthfeel is creamy and borderline chewy.

Drinkability is very good. I would love to find this on tap someday.

This is a top notch stout. I bought it as a substitute for Rogue Chocolate Stout, which I could not find at that time. It does very well for itself, though. Recommended!

Photo of Padron4KM
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz bottle, no freshness date noted.
Deep black coffee color with a tanish head. good lacing.
aroma is predominantly roasted coffee, but if you dig deep you’ll find some dark chocolate and a trace of citrusy hops.
flavor is big on roasty, black coffee, bitter chocolate and a long dry finish.

Photo of asabreed
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Lots of good lacing as I drink and as the mocha-colored head dissipates. Color is pretty much jet black like an Imperial. Great overall.

Smell: The burnt and toasted malts are dominant and at the forefront. The caramel sweetness starts to creep in. Some hop bitterness is also there in the citrus department too. A pretty harmonious balance for sure.

Taste: I've never really had a stout quite like this. For the most part it's a combination of citrus-edged hops and toasted and burnt and blackened malt, with a bit of caramel malt in there to quell the intense charcoal nature, adding the perfect amount to balance it quite well. Finishes with a slight hop bite, which is unexpected, and fades long into the toasted feel lingering on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Somehow not as thick as you may expect. Creamy, though. And slightly astringent, though that somehow adds some tingling to the tongue that I like, though I can't explain it. Overall it's balanced and whatever's going on, however hard to pinpoint but extremely toward awesome, contributes to its high drinkability.

Drinkability: I had this beer almost a year and a half ago, and I don't think my palate was ready for it. I was prepared to not bow to all the hype, but alas, this is some good stuff. It's not that it's going to wow you with flavors never savored, but it's certainly one of Rogue's best, and it's balanced, tasty, and has just the right amount of alcohol to not make itself apparent and not be an intrustion on the drinkability. I'll be drinking this again for sure.

Photo of LordChesterfield
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black even for a stout, kind of absorbs the light. Weak shortlived tan head.
Smell: Hoppy burnt smell is probably the best way to describe it.
Taste: Not very bitter with roasted malt flavors and earthy flavors. Not particularl bitter use of hops, they provide a vegitative taste that really compliments the OATS in this OATMEAL stout.
Mouthfeel: smooth and chewy
Drinkability: real smooth, could drink all night.

This is an oatmeal stout if I ever did taste one! it has rolled oats in it and is smooth as glass and chewy and sweet and delicious and everything an oatmeal stout is. This is not an American stout. Good stuff and I will attempt to find six packs of it. good good good.

Photo of Optimat0r
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

pours very dark and thick -very little carbonation - so far so good. smells of chocolate.
taste - hmmm its like coffee; a slight bit of maltyness and chocolate traces, and a bit of hops thrown in as well, giving it a brighter taste with a slight bitter aftertaste. overall though the coffee flavor dominates...
this one is a very good stout; all rogues seem so high quality, just a few ingredients and seems very natural and pure. good solid shit. problem with this one is its so rich and deep and heavy(despite low abv!) that although its a damn good beer in small doses its difficult to finish the bomber cause it becomes just too much after a while.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the best Rogue Brewery offering that I've tried so far. It was a very dark brown shade with a small coffee-colored head. It had a very pleasant sweet roasted malt odor. The taste was coffee/grainy, with some hoppiness showing up afterwards. A good mouthfeel, not overpowering, and not much carbonation. Very drinkable, enjoyed it a lot.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rogue Shakespeare Stout pours a velvety black into the glass with a thin tan head on top. The foam dissolves quickly leaving behind a few spots of lace and a thin ring around the surface. A roasted malt aroma of chocolate and coffee with a hint of nuts greet you before each sip.

This medium bodied beer is smooth and very drinkable. The flavor is mainly chocolate and coffee, but it doesn't overpower the taste. It finishes with some earthy, nutty flavors leaving behind a coffee taste.

I found this to be a very drinkable stout whos flavor doesn't overpower the palate.

Photo of cameraman
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark, midnight black color pours in the glass with a nice beige head that laces very nicely. The aroma of the dark malt and chocolate comes through on the first scent. Those aromas come through in the taste, and then more scents and flavors start to show themselves. Some coffee and hop flavor come through after the first intial swallow. A rich mouthfeel thick, like two percent milk in the consistancy, but is very smooth going down. This not a session beer by any means. The intense flavors and the rich mouthfeel, make this a wonderful sipping beer. This beer is a joy to have in a glass.

Photo of danielocean03
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque black from a 22oz bomber with a foamy, mocha-brown full two finger head that slowly gave way to moderate sticky beige lacing. Aroma is of dark chocolate,caramel, coffee, and a pleasurable roasted malt sweetness present as well. Taste is slightly sweet, mainly chocolate and dark roasted coffee, nice undertones of malt and caramel balance the bitterness. This stout is lighter bodied with lighter levels of carbonation well matched to the style. Goes down nice and smooth, finishes with a lightly bitter aftertaste. Overall a well done beer, smooth and refreshing, would purchase again.

Photo of Gavage
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours black in color with a one finger caramel colored head. The head falls quickly, but remains a thick surface foam. Spotty lacing develops.

Smell: roasted malts and coffee, with some hints of dark chocolate.

Taste: follows the nose, as bold roasted malts, strong coffee, molasses, and a stronger than normal bitterness is rounded with some soft chocolate and prune tones.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, with a very dry lightly crisp finish. Medium-heavy in body. Roasted tones and coffee linger well into the aftertaste.

Drinkability: superbly drinkable stout, as the full robust flavors leave you wanting another taste quickly. A great stout everyone should seek out.

Photo of zjungleist
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours fairly black with a nice tan head. The smell is not very heavy, but I got pretty standard chocoalte and coffee with some resonable hops. Taste is nice and rich, with lots of chocolate and espresso, sweetness and hops to finnish. Mouthfeels if velvety and well balanced. Drinkability is high, but not too high. Good stuff.

Photo of mitchfor3
4.9/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Pitch black color, beautiful creamy tan lace. This beer looks oh so inviting.

Smells so rich! Caramely, strongly malty, hint of hops. Can't wait!

Taste is mmm mmm mmm mmm good! Creamy, malty, just like the smell. Slightly sweet at first, and just a bit bitter when those hops kick in, but nothing overpower, and certainly nothing that detracts from the delicious taste.

I love stouts and this is one of my very favorite. I will be drinking this whenever I get the chance.

Photo of joeyels
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark black in color, like looking into space, with a thin beige head. Smells of coffee beans and tastes the same with a light chocolate quality. Very nice carbonated mouthfeel. Smooth finish with a slight aftertaste, almost like an espresso. I felt as if it were quite filling, almost a decadent beer, very rich in taste. I think this would be best served after dinner, or with a rich chocolate dessert. Overall, a delicious beer.

Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout from Rogue Ales
93 out of 100 based on 3,051 ratings.